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Retro-Electro: Collecting Technology from Atari to Walkman Hardcover – June 21, 2005

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About the Author

Pepe Tozzo lives in Hampshire, England. He began collecting electronic technology in 1995 after discovering his old school calculator in his father’s attic. His old calculator collection expanded rapidly before he diversified by collecting other retro-electronic items.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Universe; First Edition edition (June 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789313022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789313027
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By scotbot on July 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Pepe Tozzo's Retro Electro sounded so cool that I preordered it sight-unseen. A good book on the topic of technostalgia is long overdue and I was eager to see what this self-described "only book to survey the trend" would contain. I now wish I had seen and browsed it beforehand. It's a neatly designed little book with some very nice pictures, but it is just falls too short of my expectations.

There are only one or two items per page in this 8.8 x 8.6, 160 page book and the layout favors large, attractive photos over descriptive text. So in the end there were not as many items as I would have liked to have seen and the descriptions are sometimes not very substantial. I am more interested in obscure facts about the design, creation, function and uniqueness of these things. There are informative and enlightening entries here, but again, more in-depth information on a greater selection of items would have been nice. Also, in a world where collector prices change faster than ink dries, any attempt to print price guides in a hardbound book form seems pointless. So the price guide feature doesn't thrill me.

There are way too many memorable electronic gadgets from our consumer past that are conspicuously absent. Missing are the giant Sylvania entertainment consoles of the 70s, Egg shaped 8-Track players, the Donut Phones, Soundburger (Mr. Disc) portable record players, quadraphonic headphones (yes, they exist) and various other classics. Heck, one could devote several pages to the dozens of groovy Panasonic portable radios and 8-track players of the 70s, but there are no "Dynamite" 8 track players or "Panapets" here... just the Toot-A-Loop is represented.

I'm not particularly excited that items from the 90s and current decade are represented.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Cuff on June 22, 2005
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A wonderful look at the electronic marvels we have around the house, along with past playthings long ago left in the dust by ever advancing technologies. My only complaint is that this book barely scratches the surface of what could have / should have been included. Speaking for myself, I would have gladly paid a lot more money to get a book that gave me more to see. As it is, an hour after opening the book, you are done, wishing for more.
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Format: Hardcover
I think the book is great for its purpose, that of summarizing beautiful old technology. It has a lot of beautiful photography and the layout of the book is awesome. While including estimated cost to acquire the technology items may have been helpful at the time of publishing, that information was quickly outdated and probably not that useful today.

It's a great collage of old technology. I love the inclusion of many vintage computers and programmable calculators, which is a hobby of mine.
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By Frances Canto on August 10, 2013
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It was the BEST. I loved the memories it brought back and taught me a lot. It's a great book.
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